Posted 1/05/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
The US Postal Service is proposing a relocation of the Tioga Post Office to what is currently Hegstad Furniture, however other locations may be considered.
The postal service will be holding a public hearing on the proposal today at 11 a.m. in the post office lobby, as part of the federal requirements for relocation of a post office branch.
In a letter from Greg Shelton, real estate specialist with the U.S. Postal Service to Tioga Mayor Drake McClelland, the purpose of the move is to accommodate the city’s growth. The current location no longer has adequate space to meet the demands of the community.
“In the face of unsustainable deficits, the postal service must seek ways [to] increase revenue and use its facilities as efficiently as possible,” Shelton said.
The letter outlines the process by which the move would take place. The postal service must first procure a suitable location for its Tioga operations and then renovate the space. The current location would continue to operate during this period as it normally does.
Only after the new location is ready would operations be transitioned there.
The letter refers to its move to the Hegstad building as “tentative.” The post office would consider other locations if they are suitable to the operation’s needs.
At the public hearing, representatives from the post office will explain the reasoning for the proposal, answer questions, and take public input on the move.
Following the meeting, the public will have another 30 days to comment on the proposal.
After considering all input from the community, the post office will issue a final decision on whether or not to proceed with the proposal, modify it, or cancel it altogether.
Should the post office decide to use a different location, the process would revert back to the public-hearing stage to get further comment on the new proposal.